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Simsbury Bank’s Ken Sklodosky Recognized as a New Leader in Banking
Simsbury Bank is pleased to announce that Ken Sklodosky, Assistant Vice President and Sr. Market Manager of its Bloomfield office, was recently named as a New Leader in Banking by the Connecticut Bankers Association and Connecticut Banking magazine. This is the first year of the award created to recognize the up and coming leaders in Connecticut’s banking industry.
The selection process was made by a panel of independent judges from outside the banking industry. The qualifications were that the candidates be age 50 years or younger, work in a Connecticut bank, and be an outstanding employee, manager or business leader who makes a notable impact on their institution or within the banking industry. Of over 70 bankers nominated, 15 were chosen to receive the award this year.
Howard Zern, Chief Retail Banking, Operations and Technology Officer of Simsbury Bank said, “Ken is a fine example of the next generation of bankers. He brings dedication to our individual and business customers to ensure that they receive the best financial services and products for their needs. His enthusiasm for his work and community involvement is extensive and notable. We are very proud that Ken has been recognized with this award.”
Ken Sklodosky, Sr. Market Manager, said, “I am honored by this recognition. I truly enjoy helping my customers and my co-workers bring Simsbury Bank’s offerings to my community and in that way make them stronger. I am humbled by this honor.”
Simsbury Bank is an independent, local bank for consumers and businesses. The Bank has approximately $350 million in assets. The Bank serves customers through full-service offices in Avon, Bloomfield, Granby and Simsbury, Connecticut; a mortgage loan production office in Canton and mortgage loan originators throughout Connecticut; SBT Online internet banking at simsburybank.com; free ATM transactions at hundreds of machines throughout the northeastern U.S. via the SUM program; and 24 hour telephone banking. The Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SBT Investment Services, Inc., offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial and its affiliates, Member FINRA/SIPC. Simsbury Bank is wholly owned by publicly traded SBT Bancorp, Inc. Its stock is traded over-the-counter under the ticker symbol of OTCBB: SBTB. For more information, visit Simsbury Bank
Windsor Federal Savings Announces Selection of George Hermann as Next President
The Board of Directors of Windsor Federal Savings today announced the selection of George Hermann, a Connecticut native and a longtime community banking executive, to serve as their new President and COO, effective February 1st. Hermann, who will succeed current President Mark Griffin, will also assume the role of CEO when Griffin retires in June.
Hermann joins Windsor Federal Savings after an extensive career as a banking executive in Connecticut, including the last five years as President and CEO of The First National Bank of Suffield, where he guided them to consistently strong results during some challenging economic times.
“I would like to be able to build upon the strong foundation that the Board has put down” said Hermann. “The first step is to make crystal clear to our customers and employees that our commitment to our communities will not change. As a community bank, involvement in local activities and organizations is part of our fabric. It will be business as usual in that regard at Windsor Federal, and I sincerely look forward to meeting with customers and employees alike in the coming weeks.”
“While he may well be a different face, George is very familiar with our market area and is a good community banker” said Mark Griffin. “He truly understands the importance of strong community involvement, and he will ensure that Windsor Federal maintains and grows the relationships that we already have. I know George will have new and innovative ideas, but at the heart of the matter will be the strong focus on service to our customers that we have always strived for. Our customers can be assured that our commitment to personalized service – and to being a good neighbor – will not change.”
Hermann, a native of Stratford, will bring a hands-on style to the job that will help him as he begins the process of getting to know customers, employees, and the communities. “With the expected changes in the banking industry over the next ten years, banks like Windsor Federal are going to be key for the economic success of their communities. I’m honored to have been chosen to lead Windsor Federal Savings, and I look forward to assisting with that growth.”
Since 1936, Windsor Federal Savings has been helping neighbors in Northern Connecticut and the Farmington Valley achieve their financial goals. The motto, “Neighbors helping Neighbors” clearly defines their approach to customers in the communities of Windsor, Granby, and Bloomfield. For more information about Windsor Federal Savings, call (860) 688-8511, or go to Windsor Federal.
Seabury Welcomes Nursing Home Administrator
Seabury is proud to announce the appointment of Anne Erikson, LNHA, to the position of Nursing Home Administrator. Ms. Erikson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Seabury’s 60 bed health center, including management of the skilled nursing staff and establishing a good rapport with all residents and families. Anne is a professional administrator, holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, as well as a certificate in Long Term Health Care Management, has nearly 20 years of experience working in the health care field and brings exceptional organizational, communication and interpersonal skills to Seabury’s not-for-profit life Care Community.
“I am very happy to announce that Anne Erickson, LNHA, has joined the Seabury Management Team as the Licensed Skilled Nursing Home Administrator,” affirms Margie Sullivan, RNC, CASP, Senior Vice President of Seabury. “By taking Seabury through the recently very successful State/Federal skilled nursing survey, she proved that her commitment to quality of life and excellence in care and services reflects Seabury’s mission and philosophy.”
“Anne’s experience in the health field is a tremendous benefit to Seabury and its vision,” Sullivan adds.
SEABURY is a premier Life Care community located on 66 acres of beautiful Connecticut countryside, offering a comprehensive continuum of care and services that include Independent Living, Assisted Living and memory support, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation Services, a Home Health Agency, Wellness Clinic, and a Center for Successful Aging. In addition Seabury At Home is an innovative, home-based life care program designed for individuals who prefer to remain at home as they age. As a free standing not- for- profit Life Care Retirement Community, Seabury is committed to providing excellence in health care, services, and accommodations with an emphasis on a “Wellness for Life” philosophy.
Visit us on-line: Seabury Retirement Community.
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The Hartford CHET Advisor 529 College Savings Plan At a Reduced Cost for Chamber MembersWe’re pleased to inform you that we have recently established an agreement which enables us to offer the CHET Advisor 529 Plan to you at a reduced cost. CHET Advisor is the advisor-sold 529 plan offered exclusively to residents of Connecticut.
Benefits to employees of The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce:
The commission is waived on all investments to the 529 account
Connecticut state tax deduction available
Access to a financial advisor for guidance on how to invest contributions
Tax free withdrawals for qualified education expenses
Portability and permanency – you maintain control of the account and can continue to make commission free contributions even if you leave the organization.
Get Started Today!
Contact Bloomfield Chamber member Selette Jemison with Edward Jones at 860.243.0555 for additional information on CHET Advisor and the benefits available to you.
Hartford Business Journal offers complimentary subscription to Bloomfield Chamber membersReply now for a FREE subscription!
As a member of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, you are entitled to a complimentary subscription to the Hartford Business Journal. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact the Chamber at 860.242.3710 or click
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Legal Shield Offers Chamber Members 10% Discount
LegalShield is a 40 year old company that gives you the ability to talk to an attorney on any matter without worrying about high hourly costs. For one flat monthly fee, you can access legal advice, no matter how traumatic or trivial the issue. When you call some of the services you have access to include legal advice on unlimited issues, letters & calls made on your behalf, contract review, will preparation, moving violation assistance, trial defense services, and Identity Theft Protection. We currently protect over 1.4 million households nationwide.
LegalShield is also currently offered as an employee benefit at over 30,000 companies. Studies show that offering LegalShield as an employee benefit can help to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism. Plans are available as low as $17 per month. Chamber members receive up to a 10% discount and $20-$50 rebate.
For more information and full list of benefits contact: Kevin Palache at 860.916.1647 or visit www.familyrightsplan.com .
Chamber Members Can Now Choose Aetna for Small Group Health InsuranceConnecticut Chamber of Commerce offers more 2011 benefits choices with Chamber Integrated Benefit Solution (Chamber IBS)
Chamber IBS offers health benefits and health insurance designed specifically for Chamber
members and Connecticut small employers. This year, you'll have even more options from
which to choose.
Offers an affordable Small Group benefits package from Aetna. Integrates consumer-driven health benefits and health insurance plans with a hospital
indemnity program and other optional benefits.
Please follow the video link to learn more:
Chamber Integrated Benefit Solution
For information about Chamber membership and insurance, contact BCC Agent Laura Wolcott-Langan at The Roberts Agency 860.242.7726 or email: Laura Wolcott-Langan.
Meet Rebecca Taylor of DSI Marketing- February 24, 2012
DSI Marketing is a female owned and managed full-service marketing organization. For over fifteen years, DSI has provided innovative marketing solutions for hundreds of clients worldwide. We build effective tools for communication including websites, visual identities, print design & interactive media while we collaborate with clients on all aspects of strategic marketing, branding and communications. Regardless of how you choose to utilize us, DSI produces communications that drive strategic & tactical initiatives and promote your business goals.
Web service has been the mainstay of DSI since its formation. At DSI, we believe in cutting through flashy graphics and animation to design a site tailored to your unique style and focused on marketability. To ensure success, we provide 24 hour email support services and optimize each web site for search engine compatibility.
Packaging and labeling services are among the newest that DSI offers for clients. Enticing labels attract customers to your product and act as a vital part of the marketing mix.
At DSI, we believe that for the process of synthesis to work best, both the artistically inspired and technically proficient come together for the most effective integration of creativity, knowledge and experience. We are committed to working with you to develop a bold marketing strategy that will be in sync with your business direction and deliver results.
We have full staff of web/marketing professionals including designers, programmers and a marketing communications specialist. All professionals come together under the support of the account manager and sales manager to produce the best results for clients.
To learn more about DSI Marketing, please visit For more information, visit Diversified Solutions International or call (860) 413-9940